Dr. Laird’s research at Boston University has focused on multiple intersections of Muslim identity with healing professions and public health in the US. His early research on shared symbols of Muslims and Christians in Bethlehem set forth a research agenda on the “dialogue of life.” He employs a “lived religion” and ethnographic approach, and draws on theories of racialization, social suffering, and identity formation. While continuing to write on Christian-Muslim relations in theological circles, he has published articles on how Muslims are represented in medical literature, the emergence of Muslim free clinics, chaplaincy for Muslim patients, American Muslim physician identities, the religious health assets of predominantly Black Christian and Muslim congregations. He is currently involved in a project with the Greater Boston Muslim Health Initiative and Boston Medical Center to improve understanding and coordinate responses to domestic violence in the local Muslim community. He is interested in developing new projects on religious and cultural community assets for immigrant and refugee health.
- Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, MDiv
- University of Virginia, BA
- Harvard Divinity School, ThD
- Published on 8/31/2017
Hunter-Adams J, Cochran J, Laird LD, Paasche-Orlow MK, Geltman PL. Acculturation and a Potential Relationship with Oral Health Outcomes Among Somali Refugees in Massachusetts. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Aug 31. PMID: 28861739.
- Published on 2/1/2017
Laird LD, Curtis CE, Morgan JR. Finding Spirits in Spirituality: What are We Measuring in Spirituality and Health Research? J Relig Health. 2017 Feb; 56(1):1-20. PMID: 27817135.
- Published on 12/13/2016
Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35. PMID: 27979754.
- Published on 4/3/2016
Dresner D, Gergen Barnett K, Resnick K, Laird LD, Gardiner P. Listening to Their Words: A Qualitative Analysis of Integrative Medicine Group Visits in an Urban Underserved Medical Setting. Pain Med. 2016 Apr 03. PMID: 27040666.
- Published on 4/14/2015
Laird LD, Barnes LL, Hunter-Adams J, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Looking Islam in the Teeth: The Social Life of a Somali Toothbrush. Med Anthropol Q. 2015 Sep; 29(3):334-56. PMID: 25684459.
- Published on 5/1/2014
Dresner D, Resnick K, Gardiner P, Barnett KG, Laird L. Qualitative evaluation of an integrative medicine group visits program for patients with chronic pain and associated comorbidities. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):A55-6. PMID: 24805640.
- Published on 1/1/2014
Lance D. Laird. Health and Medicine among American Muslims. Oxford Handbook of American Islam. Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith, eds. New York: Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press. New York. 2014.
- Published on 11/1/2013
Adams JH, Young S, Laird LD, Geltman PL, Cochran JJ, Hassan A, Egal F, Paasche-Orlow MK, Barnes LL. The cultural basis for oral health practices among Somali refugees pre-and post-resettlement in Massachusetts. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov; 24(4):1474-85. PMID: 24185145.
- Published on 1/1/2013
Laird, Lance D., Wahiba Abu-Ras, and Farid Senzai. Cultural Citizenship and Belonging: Muslim International Medical Graduates in the USA. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 2013; 3(33):356-370.
- Published on 1/1/2013
Laird, Lance D. Boundaries and Baraka: Christians, Muslims, and a Palestinian Saint. Boundaries and Baraka: Christians, Muslims and a Palestinian Saint. Muslims and others in sacred space. M. Cormack, ed. Oxford University Press. New York. 2013; 40-70.
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